FERGUSON, MO – The weather gurus say temperatures are starting to rise in Ferguson, MO, with a real good chance of storms this weekend.
But that could also be the forecast for the entire St. Louis County area that’s waiting to see if a grand jury will indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
Missouri’s governor has activated the National Guard, but the plan is for the guard to stay in the background, with St. Louis police taking the lead.
Homeland security has already moved into the area, as seen by a video of dozens of vehicles in a hotel parking garage about 30 minutes from Ferguson.
In the county seat of Clayton, a few miles from Ferguson, people are practicing their protest moves, their demonstration drills, just like football or basketball team.
Activists have planned protests for the day after the announcement in Houston, Boston, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and other cities far away from Ferguson.
Saint Louis University is about a 20-minute drive from Ferguson. Administrators there got out in front of the protests by sending out an email to its students, a kind of "best practices" for demonstrations.
First of all, they’re thinking about restricting visitors and canceling classes to keep protesters away.
As for their students, administrators suggest they travel in groups if they’re heading to a protest, and to tell other people about their plans.
They also included links to sites that explain their rights to protest, and sites that offer suggestions on how to protect themselves from tear gas.
Of course, staying away is always an option, and not adding to Missouri’s misery.